Friday, November 20, 2009

Holiday Cake Menu and Specials!

Friends, we are going all out this year for the holidays! Below find out all you need to know to order your holiday cakes and pies from now through New Year's. Here are the special cake flavors we are offering in addition to our regular cake menu: (unless otherwise indicated, all cakes are available in the same sizes and prices as the regular menu items)

PEPPERMINT CANDY CANE CAKE: A Chocolate Mint Cake with Seven Minute Icing and natural candy cane garnish.
BLACK FOREST CAKE: Dark Chocolate, Whipped Cream, and Natural Sweet Cherries.
SWEET POTATO SPICE CAKE: Rich, buttery Spice Cake flecked with creamy baked sweet potato and iced with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing.
FRESH COCONUT CAKE: Fresh Coconut Butter Cake with Seven Minute Icing and Fresh Coconut Garnish.
One-Size-Only Cakes:
BUCHE DE NOEL: The traditional French Yule Log- featuring a Chocolate Roulade filled with Whipped Cream and iced with Chocolate Buttercream Icing. $38.
PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE: Skillet-Baked 9-inch Brown Sugar, Pineapple Butter Cake with Pecans and Pineapple Rings: $22
FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE GATEAU: Single-Layer, 8" Rich, Mousse-Like Chocolate Cake with Ganache Topping: $22

Got a hankerin' for something else? Let us know and we will try to work it out. As usual, cupcakes, coffee, slices of cake and pie, and (if you are lucky) a whole cake or two are available during shop hours for purchase without an advance order. We have also added mini loaf-shaped pound cakes to our case offerings: right now we have excellent Cinnamon Walnut Pound Cakes for $5 each.

As you may know, Pies from local pie company Pies in Disguise are now available at Short Street Cakes! And from now through Christmas, we are giving a 10% discount to advance orders of Pie AND Cake totalling over $50.

Pie flavors available:
Apple, caramel apple crunch, pumpkin, pumpkin chocolate truffle, pecan, derby, sweet potato, maple walnut, pear, nutella strawberry with pretzel crust, chocolate stout, key lime, banana cream, honey lavender!
$22 for a 9-inch pie

The Fine Print:

Thanksgiving: Cake and Pie orders must be in by Sunday, November 22. We will stay open on Tuesday, November 24th and Wednesday, November 25th, from Noon until 6pm for pickup, and will be closed on Thursday, November 25th, and Friday, November 26th.

Christmas/Solstice Cake and Pie orders must be in by Sunday, December 20. We will be open the Tuesday before Christmas for Pickup. We will be open on Christmas Eve from Noon until 4pm for pickup. We will be closed for Winter Break from December 24th through January 6th. New Years Eve cakes will be available by special order only. And starting in January, we are launching our new winter hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday. Because we think everybody deserves a two day weekend, even cake ladies! We're just Mom and Pop like that.

OK, y'all, you've got all the info, now just give a call (505-4822) and get your old-school cakes and pies for your holiday celebrations! We love you and thank you for supporting local, artisan bakers and cake shop community.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cake Loves Pie: Introducing Pies in Disguise at Short Street Cakes.

Now that beach season, wedding season, and death season are over, its time for: Pie Season! On Wednesday, we began a new venture: serving as the retail outlet for pies from Asheville-newbie-pie-bakers Pies in Disguise. We feel confident that these local bakers (who also happen to rent our kitchen for production from time to time) are creating pies of the same caliber and with the same sense of righteous traditionalism as we do our cakes. You can learn more about Eliza and Ben here, but in the meantime, I'll tell you about the deal at the Cake Shop.
(and here's a photo of Cake Shop fan Ada Volkmer, admiring her purchase of a Pecan Pie from Pies in Disguise)

Much like our cakes, most pies from Pies in Disguise will be available by special order. Also like our cakes, the pies require two days' notice. And, also like our cakes, we will keep one or two in the case at all times so that you can buy a slice and enjoy it with your fresh cake shop coffee or cider. (more on the cider later.)
Here are the flavors you have to choose from:
Caramel Apple Crunch
Pumpkin Chocolate Truffle
Derby (bourbon/pecan/chocolate)
Sweet Potato
Maple Walnut
Nutella Strawberry Madness
Chocolate Stout
Key Lime
Banana Cream/Vanilla Wafer Crust
Honey Lavender!
Here's how you order: Call the cake shop, specify your preferred pie flavor and quantity, and pick up at the cake shop on the designated day, during our business hours (12-6, Wednesday through Monday). Its just that easy.
Whole pies are $22, slices are $3.95.
But, he most important aspect of this whole pie situation can be summed up in one word:
You can now have your Thanksgiving cake and your Thanksgiving pies, too! AND, because we love you, we're throwing in a discount to sweeten the deal: 10% off all simultaneous orders of Cake AND Pie totaling over $50 during the month of November! That means: one large cake and one pie for thanksgiving = 10% off.
Your friends will be impressed! Your enemies will be chagrined!
Get your holiday desserts from Short Street Cakes!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween and Dias De Los Muertos: Pictures!

First, there was Halloween. We had a rockin' day at the cake shop, and Jenne, as per usual, went above and beyond by creating, of her own volition, these Halloween themed cupcakes:

They're totally awesome, but even more awesome when you consider that, as an all-natural bakery, we never use food coloring, fondant, or shortening. It limits greatly the materials we have to work with when doing designs, but makes the designs we do so much more lovely (and tasty!)
Then there was trick-or-treating:

Jasper was a robot, Duncan was a daddy robot. Genius costume element: the plastic bucket as a helmet, which conveniently kept my little robot's head dry all through the soggy, cold, night.

Then, there was Dia De Los Muertos.

Folks stopped by all day on Sunday to make sugar skulls, see the altar, and (hopefully) reflect on the meaning of a day to honor, remember, and visit with those who have passed. One (sorta country) fella came in, he had never heard of us, but had seen a show on the History Channel about the sugar skulls. He went looking in Asheville for where to find them, and found us. He bought some to take home with him, and he said that it reminded him of Decoration Day in church, and that that meant something to him. It got me thinking that we have these rituals in every culture, because we have a spiritual need for them.

We also raised an amazing 317 dollars for Latino Immigrant's Rights Organization Defensa Comunitaria! Dias De Los Muertos: Activism + Cake + Celebration = Love.

Amy Kett, of Crankypants Knits, posted on her blog this picture of her memere on the altar:

She says: "Yesterday Henry and I went on down to Short Street Cakes and painted sugar skulls for Los Dias de los Muertos. Henry ate a triple chocolate ganache cupcake bigger than his head while I thought about my Memere and painted a sugar skull in her honor and put her picture up on the altar. If you are in Asheville...stop by and paint a skull, have some cake and blow my Memere a kiss."


And, with the season of death coming to a close, and without further ado, We now officially declare the beginning of:

The Holiday Season!
It's ON.